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drank Fabulous Feijoa by t Leaf T
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Sandy was practically daring me to try this, so I made a tiny cup of it. She really, really, REALLY did not like this tea! I thought I was smelling menthol or camphor when I sniffed the dry leaves, but upon making the tea I find that I am tasting only green tea and wintergreen. In fact, I could easily believe that I made a cup of green tea and stirred in a teaspoonful of Ben-Gay. Good thing I like the smell of Ben-Gay!

I have never had (or until Sandy bought this, HEARD of) Feijoa so I looked at her link to the Wiki article. It mentions hints of guava, strawberries, etc. but all I get is wintergreen. The wintergreen taste is high in the nose and softly fills your mouth but it isn’t as strong as peppermint can sometimes be in tea. Overall, I like this pretty well, and Sandy says, “You can HAVE it!”. Thank you! I shall enjoy it!

Edited to add: Since Sandy cautioned me that this tea frightened her horribly, I steeped it very conservatively, using about 175 degree water for three minutes.


I cannot believe you like it, but I am glad someone does.

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It is finally time to drink the teas Jenn sent me! I have been saving out of these honeybush delights to drink with Sandy in the evenings and now she is back from Australia. I saved these so we could enjoy tea at night and not having caffeine keeping me awake.

This is Sandy’s first time having honey bush and she was pleased with it. It is great to find an alternative when you are not a fan of rooibos. This tisane smells wonderful in the package and wonderful when steeped. The dominant flavor is the coconut. Like many others, I didn’t taste much cheesecake. I think the honey bush itself has a wee minty flavor to me.

Final verdict, this is a great choice for have a cuppa after supper and still being able to get some shut eye! Thank you, Jenn! You are a sweetie!

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Celebrating the return of both Sandy and the white throated sparrows! Now, Sandy we will only have for a few weeks before she is off again, but the sparrows will stick around until May-ish, and my happy meter goes up by fifty points if I can hear their sweet title voices before I even get up in the mornings! So to celebrate all this fall goodness, I drank tea with caffeine even though it was late! (Paid for it, too!)

This was the first time Sandy had Hunan Golden Twist and she seemed to really enjoy it. In fact, she took one sip and averred, “This is GOOD tea!” I think is planning to put it other order.

The leaves have a very powerful aroma but it is all natural, no flavorings. The steeped tea has a pretty strong aroma, too. Deep, dark honey and thick raisin-y sweetness, but yes, with that sweet bacon bite. (Is that maple bacon? I have never had it.).

I don’t recall ever resteeping this one, but I may give that a try this morning.

And tonight, Sandy and I will stick to those delightful samples of honey bush teas that Jenn sent! Sandy hasn’t tried any honey bush yet, so I am happy to introduce them to her, since she is the one who got us hooked on loose leaf!


Our white throated sparrows have returned as well! I was happy to see them scratching around underneath our feeder.


I’ll have to look for these! I looked them up on google images – do they all have that bit of yellow on their head?


Yes, though they can have white or tan head stripes. They are adorable little ground feeders and their voice makes me all happy inside! They sing, “oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada!” in a reedy trill that penetrates but still seems soft and sweet. I love love love them!

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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This is one I have to buy by the pound! It is one of the few teas that nearly everyone in the house loves, and guests love it, too. The tea base is very smooth, there is plenty of tea taste, and the vanilla isn’t artificial tasting. There is a nice balance of flavor here. This is not as sweet as Vanilla Comoro, also just called Decaf Vanilla at Harney and Sons, but the tea base comes out more. I love Vanilla Comoro but even the voice of love must confess that there is less flavor in the decaf tea base, though you can get around that by increasing the amount of leaf used.


yum yum!

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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We served this at tea party today, and I must say it was not very well received. I ended up drinking most of it just to get rid of it and to allow the guests to have more of their favorite teas! I added a good bit of milk to smooth out the astringency of this tea. I didn’t do the steeping of this and the person making it didn’t know to cut the time down a good bit. I had really loved this at one time, but I am just not feeling it anymore. SimplyJenW, would you like to take in about four soon to be homeless ounces of this? I think it is one you liked.


Oh yes, I would! It is a little astringent at times….but that works for me as it is the only one like it in my cupboard!


I will send her on her way ASAP!

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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I could not resist serving this one for tea party again today. I thought it would pair wonderfully with our low fat pumpkin dip and cinnamon graham crackers. It did! This tea evokes the holidays for me more than most teas that are trying to be holiday teas! It was the hands down favorite today at tea party. The tea base is so smooth, and the flavors are so well balanced and pleasant.

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Ooh boy, did I ever need a good cup of tea today! Only four hours sleep because hubby is having acute sciatic pain and pain meds are not relieving it. He awoke at 2 am saying he hadn’t been asleep and then just talking nonsense, such as repeating “ten fingers, ten toes” over and over.

That meant back to the doctor at 8:45 am (he had gone to the hospital Wednesday night) and then the inevitable trip to the pharmacy as well as grocery shopping. A bonus there…my local grocer had Stash Holiday Chai and it was on sale. Yay!

Chilly and gray, the bottom fell out and rain started to pour. I now have a cup of Tower of London made by darling youngest, who is also reading James Herriot to me as I sip tea and munch on Pepperidge Farm Brussels cookies. I am soooo glad they sell this loose leaf now. I know you can get it by the ounce from the Millerton store, but I think if you call you can probably get it that way from the web store.

This is lightly fruity and absolutely delightful, just what I need before I hit the sofa for an afternoon, rainy day nap.

Charles Thomas Draper

Sciatica. Accupuncture!!


Praying for rest and relief for both of you. Soon!


Thank you, gmathis! And Charles, I have already considered that. My MIL’s neurologist performs it in his office. When you see nerve pain this bad, the thought of a few needles doesn’t scare you at all! This is the first time this has happened.

Charles Thomas Draper

I forgot to mention inversion….

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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This is one of our first truly chilly mornings. There was a fire already roaring when I got up and the house is quiet because this is the last weekend before Sandy returns to her house so my girls were having one last sleepover bash with her dogs. Oh my, they are going to miss that!

I am also reading Snuff, the new book by Terry Pratchett, and Vimes just had to mention bacon sandwiches again, so being impressionable as I am, guess what I am having for breakfast? I had one unopened sample of this tea and thought it would be a perfect accompaniment.

The leaves smell awesome – pure tea plus a fruity scent. The tea itself is as I remembered – honeyed just a little, a little yummy fruity taste, sweet and smooth, but not as hefty as Harney’s English Breakfast. I am glad I have had this, as that fruity taste is beckoning and insisting that I put this on my next order. We shall see what happens as I make my way through this pot…

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I have mixed feelings about this tea. I didn’t realize it was peppermint…I had Harney and Son’s Wite Christmas in mind and was looking forward to a deep, warm flavor. Still, if one has had a tough day and feels a bit bruised in the brain, I can see this tea being very comforting.

I drank the first cup plain, and got mostly plain peppermint, not too aggressive. The package recommended a bit of sugar to bring out the flavors so I tried that, and it is okay but not amazing.

I liked their Holiday Chai better, and will probably use that, Cranberry Autumn, and Boston as my holiday teas.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about eight years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

I am also reviewing for Sororitea Sisters now!

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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